Part of our mission and why we became a B Corp, is because we agree with the idea that we should give back, make our community better and be a positive force and influence for change. A part of that is donating to causes that are near and dear to our hearts, but also getting out in our community and physically putting in the time and effort to give back.
In July, the Sencha Naturals team set out to volunteer for an amazing non-profit called Kindred Spirits Care Farm. The mission of Kindred Spirits Care Farm is to promote compassion, cooperation and connection to the earth, animals and each other through sustainable care farming. They do this in part by maintaining and creating care farms. A care farm is where people are welcome to come and heal by participating in farm activities in whatever way they can. The very act of participating, being included, being in nature, and having a meaningful task to accomplish can be incredibly healing. Kindred Spirits aims to offer this to kids, to veterans, and people recovering from physical illness and many others.
For the day, Sencha was able to volunteer at Canoga Park High School, a High School in Los Angeles Unified School district that is revamping its dated agricultural program to focus more on STEM and veterinary sciences, meaning the students will be able to learn how to care for the animals properly.
It feels great to accomplish something that will help these student learn and make them happy when they come back to new and improved facilities. We spread mulch over a large area that would become the pen for animals such as pigs and goats. In addition to moving a mountain full of mulch, we also cleaned and threw away garbage and debris, and planted a tree that would shade the pen. Looking back on the experience for everyone, it was very hot, tiring and a lot of work, but overall we had a good time and we were proud of what we accomplished together!
We hope to volunteer more with Kindred Spirits in the future and see how the farms improve! If you want to volunteer, Donate or go to any of their local events, visit the Kindred Spirits Care Farm website. Karen The executive director was helpful in coordinating the volunteer opportunity and we can tell she loves doing what she does and loves the animals.